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February 13, 2019

The turquoise waters surrounding this island, no doubt boast a variety of fresh fish. Sport fisherman arrive to challenge the sea with catches of blue and white marlin, sailfish, some tuna species and mahi mahi (dorado). Not a fisherwoman, I must stick to my knowledge of the fresh catch that makes its way to my table. Typically consists of snapper (pargo), grouper (mero or abadejo), hogfish (sometimes called hog snapper, but NOT a snapper) and now appearing … lionfish.

All these fish find their way to the island’s restaurants. A long time snapper fan, I now enjoy the delicate, yet succulent taste of the hogfish. With the overfishing of snapper and grouper, hogfish is readily available. The hogfish has a bright orange to coral color, with bright red eyes and a long snout for burrowing in the sand to hunt for food. Lion fish, a less common choice, but equally delightful, is slowly becoming available in a few local restaurants. It is not a native fish to these Caribe waters and its arrival...

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